CFN – CCH Hospital management are playing footsie with facts and refusing to cooperate with CFN’s request for basic information.
After a flood of communication after our petition to ask for a 90 Day Moratorium of the Sale of the 2nd Street site we received reports last Friday that staff were called into a meeting and given 7 days to accept retirement packages. Monday we were told that staff were given long term notices in lieu of pay.
Our attempts to get clear answers from Shaun MacDonald, Communications Coordinator of CCH were met with requests for where we received our info and cloudy answers.
After a series of emails, when asked clearly, were any staff pink slipped at the facility Monday CCH responded with the missive below:
Changes to Withdrawal Management Services Program
-January 7, 2013-
- The Cornwall Community Hospital Withdrawal Management Services program is moving from a Residential model, which included onsite overnight care, to a Community based model in order to meet the changing needs of our local clients.
This is a fundamental change to an essential program. Our goal is to enhance our services while operating an effective program and improving efficiencies.
- With the population needs changing and drugs of choice having changed, evidence and best practice demonstrates that treatment is more effective with longer lengths of engagement and flexibility, which is best provided with a community model of delivery.
- This new model will enable us to reach those groups of people who are currently underserved including women, youth, and the elderly.
- The previous model was running at a very low occupancy rate over the years (25-40%). This re-evaluated strategy will allow for continuous improvement in the quality of services and the operational performance and will benefit a much broader demographic.
- The community model will serve more clients within the same operating budget.
- Service gaps will be narrowed or eliminated.
- The community model has a track record of success – demonstrated across Ontario.
- The level of impact on staffing levels is undetermined at this point. We are hoping that no one will leave the organization who does not want to, however the new model requires a different mix of Withdrawal Management Services staff to accommodate the enhancement to services.
- Staffing changes will be managed through the process articulated in our union contracts. The first step in the process is to offer existing staff in the department early retirement and voluntary exit options.
Staff members have been encouraged to speak with Human Resources on an individual basis to express any concerns or to receive more information.
Also patients at the hospital are voicing concerns over their own service in the future.
Ms LeClerc has not responded to CFN’s request to speak with her although there is buzz that she’s attending a meeting here in Cornwall this week with the EOHU.
Again, the basic question is why is the Hospital Management behaving in this manner? Why are they chopping services that clearly are needed by our community?
Why are they not being transparent? Why are our local politicians tolerating the Hospital management behavior?
After last weeks dramatic public meeting (LINK) the public clearly showed in interest in having a say to the future of this facility?
We will be updating as we are sifting through as much information as we can. If you have any info you wish to share email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our hotline at 613 361 1755.
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